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    Question about Torque

    This then leads me on to another question related to this... if this is the case then how can series hybrid vehicles (that store electrical energy from an engine and then power in-wheel motors) have enough power to go? Surely the power's just being collected and not multiplied by gear sets?
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    Question about Torque

    Simple but probably silly... I was told that torque is multiplied by the gear ratios and final drive of a powertrain. Is this true? If so, if a car has peak torque of 100 lb/ft with 1st gear ratio 3.6 and final drive 3.1, does that mean in 1st gear at full throttle there will be 1,116 lb/ft...
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    Swapping into a project car

    I don't I'm afraid. I would have the x19 as my sole car. Having said that it's not impossible to get a train to work for a few weeks should something need doing.
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    Swapping into a project car

    Hi Guys, I was wondering if anybody had any advice about something I am considering. I currently have a smart car, which I love and is in good condition. I'm eyeing up the Fiat X1/9 from the late 70s / early 80s. I've always wanted one and I am wondering about trading in my smart car for a...
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    Most powerful 4WD

    Does anybody know what the most powerful 4wd car on the market is today? Nobody say Galibier :cheesy:
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    Buying a supercar on concept only?

    Sold before being made?? As in people bought on concept drawings only? Sorry to pick your brains but do you know of any other examples where this has happened? I've found two currently... one track focused racer in New Zealand that pre-ordered all 8 that were going to be made, and this new...
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    Buying a supercar on concept only?

    Hi guys, I'm doing some research into prestige / performance buying habits. Does anybody know of any cases where a supercar has been pre-sold before production? I.e. bought on manufacturer concepts rather than through testdrives / dealership viewing. Would you consider it? If so under what...
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    HP vs Torque vs RPM

    Right... but horsepower is torque per minute. So, surely an engine with more cylinders will have more power strokes per revolution and therefore per minute. That means more horsepower can be given from a lower RPM.
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    HP vs Torque vs RPM

    Hi Guys, Please tell me if I'm right or wrong. This is how I understand it. HP x 33,000 / C / (RPM/2) = T HP = Horsepower C = Number of Cylinders T = Torque in lb/ft Is this correct???
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    A Question about Anti Lag...

    So basically, I'm presuming the solenoid has been drilled directly into the exhaust manifold / tract to provide anti lag during shifts? I'm guessing the heat from the exhaust is enough to set it off to create the turbo spooling pressure rush. I know what you mean about turbo mincing! Just to...
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    A Question about Anti Lag...

    Hi guys, In my quest to know more I've been buffing up about anti lag. And I've soon discovered that 90% of people don't have a clue what it is, and the other 10% can't explain it very well. I'd just like to clarify that anti lag basically retards the ignition of an engine to the point where...
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    Radio sunglasses, engine on

    Get in, engine on (the key has a function so you don't need to twist and hold it to get the engine started), while the starter motor is doing its thing... seatbelt on, radio on, sunglasses and we're off.
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    Just been talking to...

    Hi guys, I've just been off the phone to a guy called 'Rick' from a company called CNC Heads (cncheads.co.uk) discussing heads for a 408 small block Chevy. I'd just like to set the record straight because he was possibly the rudest arse I've spoken to and from my experience he's talking...
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    Most popular modified car

    Might just be where I'm traveling (Up and down the A127 London Bound and around Basildon / Chelmsford way) There are loads of them.
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    Using Ethanol as a Fuel

    I know, it's just I presumed those types of engine were JUST for the drag strip and unsuitable for everyday road use due to their high maintenance nature. I figured it would need servicing every 15 miles and a rebuild every 100! With regards to that, Morrisons and a few other stores do E85...
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